Anglers have discovered hundreds of dead fish in the Saale River near Bernburg in Saxony-Anhalt. The fishing union of Saxony-Anhalt has filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office against unknown persons, the union spokesman said on Monday.
According to reports, on Friday morning fishermen initially discovered several dead fish in the Saale below the Bernburg weir. Over the weekend, the local fishermen’s association recovered some 300 fish that had died. The number of dead fish is estimated at 3,000.
The Saale is a large river, “the fishermen first got as many fish out of it as they could,” said the spokesman. Accordingly, the relationship implies that even more dead fish have floated down the river. The sizes, however, are not comparable to the mass dying of fish in the Odra River on the Polish-German border. He believes the relationship is unlikely.
Meanwhile, Solvay announced that there was a technical failure at the soda plant at the Bernburg plant early in the morning. “There is a rupture in the pipeline through which ammonia brine escapes,” said the spokeswoman. The damaged pipeline was immediately taken out of service and the leakage of ammonia brine was stopped.
Solvay is in contact with the water police and the environmental office of the Salzland County. Water samples were taken from the Saale River and are currently being analyzed. “Solvay is working closely with the authorities to obtain reliable findings quickly and, if necessary, to initiate further action,” a spokeswoman for the company explained.
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